Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings

Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings
Library Shelf Location 18.SMIT
Publication Date 1996


  • Rev. ed. of: The writings of Robert Smithson. New York : New York University Press, 1979.
  • Collected writings.
  • "Bibliography of writings by Robert Smithson": p. 384-386.


  • Includes interviews.


  • Since the 1979 publication of The Writings of Robert Smithson, Robert Smithson's significance as a spokesman for a generation of artists has been widely acknowledged and the importance of his thinking to contemporary artists and art critics continues to grow. In addition to a new introduction by Jack Flam, The Collected Writings includes previously unpublished essays by Smithson and gathers hard-to-find articles, interviews, and photographs. Together these provide a full picture of his wide-ranging views on art and culture.
  • Review: "Smithson read widely and used that reading to create a style of criticism that is unique and deeply personal. 'One must remember, ' he says, 'that writing on art replaces presence by absence by substituting the abstraction of language for the real thing.' His own vivid and very beautiful prose often provides some equivalent for that presence."--David Carrier, "Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism


  • Robert Smithson (1938-1973), one of the most important artists of his generation, produced sculpture, earthworks, drawings, and paintings in addition to the writings collected here. Jack Flam is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His Matisse on Art: Revised Edition (1995) is also available from California.


ISBN 9780520203853
Quantity 1
Pages xxviii, 389 pg.: ill., maps; 26 cm.
Editor Jack Flam
Author Robert Smithson
Format Softcover
Publisher University of California Press, Berkeley
Related Artist Robert Smithson
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords collected writing, earth art, poetry, Artists — Interviews, Critical Writing

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